Mother Teresita pauses during a walk through the garden on June 29, 2018.
She says their lifestyle might appear very solitary or isolated compared to the modern secular world, but in her mind, it’s not so different: “We live as hermits, but we’re not alone,” she says. “Isolation is one of the problems with people today. A lot of people have things going on around them, but they feel alone. You have to find your center and once you do, the rest isn’t so disturbing.”